A Narrative of the Eighth Frontier War of 1851 – 1853 by Mr Isaiah Staples.

“An absorbing account of Mr Staples’ experiences in the Frontier War.” Inscription from the State Library (1979) on the front free end page. Reprint No. 62.

Price – $32.00 (ZAR-400.00)

A Tapestry of Lives. Cape Women of the 17th Century.

‘From the original Khoekhoe and Bushman (San) women, the wives of the bourgeois Dutch Governors, the slave women, peasant farmers’ wives, inn-keepers and prostitutes. A fascinating contribution to popular South African history of the largely unexplored life and times of women living at the Cape during the 17th century.’

Price – $13.00 (ZAR-150.00)

A Vanished World

Forward by Elie Wiesel. A comprehensive selection of the author’s celebrated photographs of the Jews of Eastern Europe taken between 1934 and 1939 as he explored cities and villages. These photographs preserve for posterity unforgettable images of Jewish life. Author’s signature blindstamped onto front cover.

Price – $60.00 (ZAR-600.00)

African Heritage

Account of the customs and practices of some of the autochthonous peoples of South Africa. Illustrated in b/w and colour by the author. Blue paper covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. Corners slightly bumped. Dust jacket very good, spine is slightly sunned.

Price – $46.00 (ZAR-500.00)

Afrikanderisms

“A glossary of South African Colloquial Words and Phrases and of Place and other Names.” 579pp






Price – $65 (ZAR-850)

Afrikaners in die Goudstad.

Vol 1. Minor shelfwear to spine edges. Pictorial endpapers. Laminated pictorial DW with two closed tears to top edge. Contents clean and tightly bound.

Price – $26.00 (ZAR-260.00)

Album de la Mission Romande – Mission Des Eglises Libres de la Suisse Romande

On the 9th of July 1875, two young missionaries, Creux and Berthoud, founded the Swiss mission station of Valdezia in the Northern Transvaal, with their field of action being a hard living and constantly tested society. The Swiss mission was famous for its high quality hospitals and schools. The Principal task was Evangelisation, however they strongly believed in the power of education as a tool to improve living conditions, with schools offering agricultural and industrial syllabi. Strong efforts to foster good race relations were made by the church, as well as a focus on cordial ties with other christian sects.

This book, written in French, includes 32 plates and 1 map.

Price – $350.00 (ZAR-4000.00)

An Illustrated Social History of South Africa

From 1652 to 1910.With an emphasis on personal and domestic life in the developing and changing country. Numerous illustrations.

Price – $30.00 (ZAR-380.00)

An Illustrated Social History of South Africa.

‘History of the social and cultural heritage of South Africa in three stages: The Netherlands Period (1652-1795); and what the authors calls the Age of Immaturity (1795-1849) and finally the Age of Maturity taking the story up to the present day. A picture of ordinary people in their daily life.’

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-500.00)

Bantu Folk Lore (Medical and General)

112pp. No published date.


Price – $68.00 (ZAR-680.00)

Basket Work Harbour – The Story of the Kowie

The endeavour of the 1820 settlers to build a harbour at Kowie River.


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Price – $42.00 (ZAR-380.00)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century. An Illustrated Social History.

“Cape Town in the Twentieth Century begins where its companion volume, Cape Town: the Making of a City, left off: with Capetonians on the eve of the South African War as well as a new century. The two books together form a modern history of the city.”

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-480.00)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century. An Illustrated Social History.

This volume begins where its companion volume, “Cape Town: The Making of a City” left off, with Capetonians on the eve of the South African War as well as a new century.

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-480.00)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century. An Illustrated Social History.

Some wrinkling on half-title page with mild abrasions on the verso. Contents clean and tightly bound.

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-450.00)

Cape Views and Costumes: Water-Colours by HC De Meillon in the Brenthurst Collection, Johannesburg

86 plates. Accompanied by pamphlet: De Meillon’s People of Colour by Robert C-H Shell. Standard edition of 850 copies bound in cloth. Rust tinted top-edge.

Price – $65.00 (ZAR-800.00)

Children of South Africa. In the Time of The Great War.

An alphabetical list of South African society’s children, with photographs, the children’s names and some brief biographical detail. Six articles to the rear on “How are our Children being taught?”; “The Cape Town Baby Saving Society”; “The Boy & Girl Scout Movement” and “The Modern View of Childhood.” A unique biographical resource.


Price – $200.00 (ZAR-2400.00)

Cornish Immigrants to South Africa

“The Cousin Jacks’ contribution to the development of mining and commerce / 1820-1920. Cornwall background and history, 1820 Settlers, Miner-immigrants to Namaqualand, Kimberley, Witwatersrand, Lists of names of immigrants. ” 122pp, with some black and white plates.



Price – $80.00 (ZAR-800.00)

Crossing Rivers Of Womanhood – The Traditional Rites of Passage of a Zulu girl

This concise book was written for anyone with an interest in African customs and traditions. Herein will be found topics like lobola, raising children and so on.

Price – $12.00 (ZAR-140.00)

Dagh Register

” Gehouden by den oppercoopman Jan Anthonisz Van Riebeeck” Three volumes, in Dutch. Around 450pp per volume.




Price – $90.00 (ZAR-900.00)

Die Afrikaanse Volkskultuur. Inleiding tot die Studie van Volkskunde.

Text: Afrikaans. Stain marks to the prelims with a small stain mark to the last 6 pages. Some minor foxing to prelims. Tape ghosting to the front and rear end papers.

Price – $32.00 (ZAR-240.00)

District Six through the lens of Jansje Wissema.

5 poignant duotone photographs of District Six in a thick card envelope.

Price – $140.00 (ZAR-1800.00)

Eeufees-Gedenkboek van Ceres 1855-1955

Language: Afrikaans. Map of the area on front and rear pastedowns. No published date. Age-toning to page edges. Contents clean and firmly bound.

Price – $16.00 (ZAR-160.00)

Englishman’s Inn. “Engelsche Logie”. An Account of the Experiences of the British Settlers and Colonists of Natal. 1824-1885

Limited to 1200 copies of which this is No. 1053. According to the Dutch sailors of the 18th century, the Englishmen chose to sojourn at Durban Bluff as it was then generally known, hence the name of the title. “In this account, we will meet the Settlers and Colonists, in many of their difficulties and hard experiences and also in their triumphs in the ‘Old Colonial Days’ of Natal… to achieve success in establishing civilised standards, bringing justice, peace, prosperity and honour to the Colony they loved so well. In doing so they introduced a British way of life and thought to enrich the culture of South Africa.” Some discolouration to the front and rear free end page. Light foxing to prelims and between pages 36/37. Smallish tide mark in the middle of the lower edge but does not affect the text. B&w photographs and illustrations. Dust jacket has large abrasion on rear panel, foxing as well as s tidemark and small stains on the verso.

Price – $20.00 (ZAR-220.00)

Gandhi – The South African Experience

Swan “demythologises Gandhi” , challenging the orthodox account of him representing the labourers, saying in fact he represented the highest strata of the Indian community for most of his career here.

Price – $45.00 (ZAR-480.00)

George Rex of Knysna. The authentic story.

Written by of George Rex’s descendants. Previous owners names in blue ink on ffep. Small bookseller’s label on front paste-down. Price – $12.00 (ZAR-150.00)